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'Madagascar 3' wins weekend box office

June 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," the third installment in the adventures of escaped New York zoo animals, was No. 1 at the U.S. box office.

The animated sequel took in $60.3 million in its first weekend at theatres, followed by the lavish sci-fi flick "Prometheus" with $50 million.

"Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron, fell to the third spot with $23 million.

"Men in Black 3," starring Will Smith, earned $13.5 million for fourth place.

All studio estimates of gross box office receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"Marvel's The Avengers" was No. 5 with $10.8 million; "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" sixth with $3.2 million; "What to Expect When You're Expecting" seventh with $2.7 million; "Battleship" eighth with $2.28 million; and "The Dictator" ninth with $2.15 million.

"Moonrise Kingdom" rounded out the top 10 with $1.57 million.

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